LANDSCAPE AS SOURCE
What kinds of attitudes and ways of thinking are called for when working from observation and direct perception? What kinds of questions and intentions are appropriate when we approach an intuitive and open-ended exploration? And how do these different ways of working relate to, and strengthen, each other? This workshop will explore both direct plein air oil painting as well as the process of abstraction. We will work in the mornings in a traditional plein air approach – outdoors, developing tonal relationships in response to the extraordinary landscape, in search of a convincing sense of space, light and weather -- as well as learning different ways of handling and applying paint. In the afternoons we will work indoors on one good sized canvas for the duration of the workshop, using our morning paintings as source material in a process of ongoing and improvisational discovery through abstraction.
In addition to the hands-on work, there will be supplemental readings and lively conversation, engaging with the related topics of painting and creativity. Risk and play will be encouraged! Individual attention will be given in a supportive and genuine atmosphere.
Jordan Wolfson is a contemporary painter and teacher. He received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1991. Jordan has exhibited extensively both in the United States and internationally and has received numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant and a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ireland. Jordan is currently represented by Prographica/KDR Gallery in Seattle, Rothschild Fine Arts in Tel Aviv, and Artspace Gallery in Jerusalem. He is the founder of The Painting Project and teaches privately in Boulder, Colorado.
This Workshop takes place from the 14th - 22nd of August 2018. The cost is $1,800 which includes tuition, shared cottage with private bedroom for 8 nights, lunch/dinner/dessert/tea/coffee, collection/delivery to the bus/train stations in Ballina, full use of the Ballinglen Library & facilities 24/7. Participants arrive on the 14th and depart on the 22nd with classes taking place from the 15th - 21st. Please contact Una Forde on firstname.lastname@example.org for availability and booking form.
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